Texas Tech University

Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives

HSI Staff Group Photo

Since the fall of 2019, Texas Tech University has been designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). This federal designation enables Texas Tech to apply for grant funding to better resource, access, retain, and graduate Hispanic students. While this designation is centered on minoritized, rural, low-income, and Pell-eligible students, the funding from these grants creates broader resources benefiting all students. To achieve this status, Campus Access & Engagement and other campus partners gathered data to become a Title III- and Title V-eligible institution and show Hispanic, full-time enrolled, undergraduate enrollment was at 25% beginning in the fall of 2017. The Texas Tech community is proud of its HSI designation and works to continue ensuring access and opportunity to all students through the benefits of this designation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to utilize federal grants and our Hispanic Serving Institution designation to increase student access, retention and graduation rates.

Our Vision

Our vision is to empower every member of our campus community to achieve their fullest potential, through enhanced access to resources, support for academic and personal growth, and a strong connection with the Lubbock community. We aim to be a leader in providing an environment where every student is equipped for success and prepared to make a positive impact on the world around them.

Programs & Initiatives

Hispanic-Serving Instutition Week

This week includes events and discussions to foster and promote conversations about the benefits of being a Hispanic-Serving Institution. All events and programs during the weeklong celebration are open to the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities. 

Hispanic-Serving Institutions 101 Professional Development

This 30 minute to 1-hour professional development experience is designed to educate attendees on the basics of being a federally designated HSI. Attendees walk away with a better understanding of the HSI designation, how it positively influences TTU's campus, and how emerging research and best practices can help shape their role in advancing intentional service to all our students. 

Pursuing the Seal of Excelencia

In partnership with Excelencia in Education, Texas Tech has engaged in thoughtful conversations and workshops that aim to make TTU a thriving HSI. It is our intention to continue our pursuit of the Seal of Excelencia through intentional data disaggregation, practice, and leadership.  

HSI Essay Contest

Students of all backgrounds are invited to submit an essay detailing their experiences attending TTU as an HSI and what being a Hispanic-Serving Institution means to them. Students are welcome to submit this essay in either English or Spanish. Submissions for this contest are closed until Spring 2025. Our inaugural HSI essay contest winners are: 

  1. Nahom Leal
     
  2. Rhode Duenas

  3. Andrea Nolasco 

Events

July 2024

Date

Event

Time

Audience

Location

Host

7/28-7/31 

First Year Summer Bridge 

4:00 pm  

First Year Students  

Various 

HSI/ UBMS/ UB/ CAE

August 2024

Date

Event

Time

Audience

Location

Host

8/11-8/13 

Graduate Summer Bridge 

5:00-6:00PM 

Graduate Students 

TBA 

TBA

For additional information, please contact:

Jarett T. Lujan, Ph.D.
Director
jarett.lujan@ttu.edu

Sara Martinez, M.Ed
Title V. HSI Grant Program Manager
sara.ad.martinez@ttu.edu

Prospective and current students needing assistance, please contact:

Nick T. Harpster, Ph.D. 
Student Success Specialist 
nick.harpster@ttu.edu 

Saidi Soliz, M.A.
Retention Specialist
saidi.soliz@ttu.edu

Sasha G. González, M.Ed.
First-Generation Administrator
sasha.g.gonzalez@ttu.edu

Assistants:

Eliysse Lopez 
Student Assistant 
 
Magdalena Ceniceros 
Student Assistant 
 
Samanatha Gonzalez 
Graduate Student Counseling Assistant 

Campus Access & Engagement